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How Worried Should We Be About Rumors of ICE "Raids"?

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How Worried Should We Be About Rumors of ICE

Although it deported more people than any administration in history, Obama claimed publicly that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prioritized undocumented residents who had committed serious crimes. "These reports create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger".

ICE agents have not released data on how many people were detained on Thursday and told local news station KTLA that arrests were "routine" - not the beginning of the mass deportations promised by President Trump during his campaign.

Or these sweeps in Austin, Texas: "Alvarado described her husband's arrest like 'he was being hunted". "They took my family away".

The raids, which appeared to target scores of undocumented immigrants, including those without criminal records, mark the first largescale episode of immigration enforcement inside the United States since President Trump's January 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

Federal immigration officials, as well as activists, said that the majority of those detained were adult men. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "If the reports are accurate, these raids only add to the anxiety about what's to come from this administration".

Following the lead of California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Mendoza directed those affected by the raids to visit www.ilrc.org/red-cards for information about their rights.

"We can not understate the level of panic and terror that is running through many immigrant communities", said Walter Barrientos of Make the Road in New York City. "As this process moves forward, I will also ensure my constituents know what the next steps are, where applicable". Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles officials contended as many as 100 immigrants were detained by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

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"This is un-American", Sen.

Immigration advocates said that about 100 people were taken into custody by immigration officials, prompting protests in the streets of Los Angeles on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Panorama City, demanded that ICE officials provide "more information and the goal of these raids".

Responding to what they characterized as a coordinated series of raids targeting people living in the country illegally, members of an activist group Friday began offering hourly training sessions to teach immigrants about their legal rights.

Immigration advocates said they fielded calls Thursday from immigrants and lawyers reporting raids at homes and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area, including Van Nuys, Downey, Oxnard, San Bernardino, and other cities.

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